Dr Stewart Johnstone


Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

I joined the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation at Strathclyde Business School as Reader in Employment Relations & HRM in July 2020.  I am currently Director of Research for the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation. Prior to my current appointment I worked at Newcastle University (2012-2020) and Loughborough University (2005-2012).  I hold degrees from the universities of Aberdeen, Manchester and Loughborough. 

My research intererests traverse human resource management and employment relations, with a particular focus on employee voice and participation, employment restructuring, and HRM in SMEs.  I have published and have various ongoing projects in each of these areas. I am PI of an ESRC funded project Amplifying employee voice and hearing the unheard (2022-2025). The project brings together a diverse team of University of Strathclyde Business School researchers within the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation and Economics, with different methodological expertise and sector knowledge.


I am currently Co-Chair of the British Academy of Management HRM Special Interest Group and former Executive Board Member and Communications Officer of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association.  I am also an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


Never 'one-size-fits-all' : Mick Marchington's unique voice on voice, from micro-level informality to macro-level turbulence
Budd John W, Johnstone Stewart, Lamare J Ryan
Human Resource Management Journal (2022)
Training and performance in SMEs : empirical evidence from large-scale data from the UK
Idris Bochra, Saridakis George, Johnstone Stewart
Journal of Small Business Management, pp. 1-33 (2020)
Employment practices, labour flexibility and the great recession : an automotive case study
Johnstone Stewart
Economic and Industrial Democracy Vol 40, pp. 537-559 (2019)
The global financial crisis, work and employment : ten years on
Johnstone Stewart, Saridakis George, Wilkinson Adrian
Economic and Industrial Democracy Vol 40, pp. 455-468 (2019)
The potential of labour-management partnership : a longitudinal case analysis
Johnstone Stewart, Wilkinson Adrian
British Journal of Management Vol 29, pp. 554-570 (2018)
An integrative approach to HRM–firm performance relationship : a missing link to corporate governance
Petrovic Jelena, Saridakis George, Johnstone Stewart
Corporate Governance Vol 18, pp. 331-352 (2018)

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I have experience of designing, delivering and managing programmes and modules concerned with the management of people and work at all levels.  I am also the Editor of an Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management, which contains over 400 entries on core HR areas and key concepts, and is a popular companion to a standard HRM textbook.

Research interests

My research activity has focused on:

Employee voice and participation in both unionised and non-union contexts, and especially issues of labour management partnership, a debate to which I have contributed extensively for over 15 years. See for example:

The potential of labour management partnership: a longitudinal case analysis, British Journal of Management.

Developing positive employment relations: international experiences of labour management partnership, Palgrave.

Finding a Voice at Work: New Perspectives on Employment Relations, Oxford University Press.

Employment restructuring in times of crisis, and in particular HRM responses to turbulence at the organisational level.  See for example:

The Global Financial Crisis, Work and Employment Ten Years On,  Economic and Industrial Democracy

Downsizing, The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management

Employment practices, laboour flexibility and the Great Recession: an automotive case study, Economic and Industrial Democracy

HRM in SMEs and the extent to which HRM challenges and practices are distinctive in smaller organisational settings.  See for example:

Are the responses of small firms different from large firms in times of recession? Journal of Business Venturing.

Human resource practices, employee attitudes and small firm performance, International Small Business Journal.



Professional activities

British Universities Industrial Relations Association Conference
British Academy of Management HRM Symposium
Involvement and Participation Association (External organisation)
British Academy of Management Doctoral Symposium
British Academy of Management Conference
British Universities Industrial Relations Association Conference 2021: The past, present and future of industrial relations and the politics of work

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‘Reward to Retain’ Evaluating the impact of ENABLE and UNISONS’s agreement to improve recruitment and retention through fair work
Cunningham, Ian (Principal Investigator) Baluch, Alina (Co-investigator) Jendro, Eva (Co-investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator) Johnstone, Stewart (Co-investigator) James, Philip (Co-investigator)
Research undertaken in Enable explored issues around recruitment, retention reward and retention in the organisation. The research proposal aimed to address the following objectives: 1. Why staff join and remain within ENABLE in light of the agreement with UNISON; 2. What changes the agreement has made to the organisation’s attraction and selection strategies; 3. How these changes have impacted on service quality; and 4. How the values of Fair Work can be progressed in future relations between ENABLE and UNISON.
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021

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Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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